I've mentioned on the show lately that one of the ways the Left is winning the battle in America these days is through a mastery of Orwellian language. It's easy for them to win this game because the Right doesn't play it, but they are brilliant at it nonetheless. Check out this pitch for a radio interview of some pro-minimum wage liberal:
I hope all is well! I have an important raising the minimum wage interview opportunity...
Given today’s massive income inequalities, the President calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 and to automatically adjust it with inflation was the bare minimum he could ask for.
Most Americans have had no significant after-inflation wage increases since the early 1970s. At the same time we've seen redistribution of income (and wealth) toward the top – the so-called 1 percenters.
This redistribution is falsely justified by the myth that all of the wealthy are entrepreneurs, risk-takers, and job creators, and that the lowest income earners who are in need of welfare programs are lured into leisure by these extra benefits. Yes, it is true that lower-income people receive food stamps and the like, but that's because the legal minimum wage is far too low to feed a family even if the bread-winner works full time.
Just whose fault is that? Well, mostly conservatives who block minimum wage hikes. A minimum wage increase has the power to inject more spending power into an economy that still needs to create millions of new jobs to get us back into full employment. In that sense, the President’s proposal should be viewed as not only the minimum for the most marginalized of society, but for the overall economy as well.
Marshall Auerback, Director of Institutional Partnerships for the Institute for New Economic Thinking is available beginning, Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by appointment for radio interviews.
Attached is the advisory for your review. Let me know if I can set you up with an interview!
The rich getting richer represents a "redistribution" of wealth? Redistribution by definition is the government taking money from the higher income earners and giving it to lower income earners. What she's really bemoaning here is a lack of redistribution. And then there is the myth about "the wealthy are entrepreneurs, risk-takers, and job creators." No, not all but most. From Forbes on their 2012 "Forbes 400" list of the wealthiest Americans:
Seventy percent of the Forbes 400 members are classified as self-made (EDIT NOTE: First version of this post said that 70% built their fortunes entirely from scratch; it should have said 70% are self-made, as some might have borrowed money from in-laws or parents, or started businesses with spouses or other relatives, but nevertheless built these fortunes themselves).